Hive beetle explosion
Tldr: how do you handle established hive beetle infestations?
We foolishly placed some cypress mulch in attempt to mitigate erosion in our yard, and not long after I noticed the hive beetle population had exploded. So I came to the first place I knew filled with helpful people.
The mulch is only about 10 feet away, which I didn't think about when putting it down. It fills a rut in the yard that fills with running water every time it rains. My first choice would have been gravel or river rock, but it's not my property. I just live here.
The plants around the bees are at least 2-3 feet away at the closest, and given summer rain they shoot up half a foot each day.
It had been a week since I had last peeked in, and while they had a few beetles I didn't think anything of it. I have not yet looked into the hives themselves beyond opening the lid as health issues prevent me from spending too much time in the heat in one go. But the inner cover was absolutely covered in beetles. I spend an hour squishing and what not for my two hives.
WHAT I HAVE DONE SO FAR: I squished a small handful, of course. I placed some unscented dryer sheets on the top and plan on changing them out tonight. I sprinkled cinnamon around the hives*.
I plan on going in there and properly assessing damage and trying to persuade my landlord into letting me lay gravel around them. She likes the bees, but she would rather have a good looking yard in the long run rather than one that would look patchy and weird without the bees. So that's just a matter of convincing her I can make a nice sitting area out of it.
*I don't know where I got it in my head that cinnamon would help. Probably from keeping succulents but that's for fungal stuff… Either way I sprinkled cinnamon around. It smells nice I guess.